TMC MPs write to Modi seeking removal of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta for meeting Suvendu Adhikari
Kolkata/IBNS: Three Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs on Friday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking the removal of Tushar Mehta as the Solicitor General after he reportedly met Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) opposition leader in West Bengal, Suvendu Adhikari.
The letter has been jointly written by TMC Rajya Sabha MPs Derek O'Brien, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy and Lok Sabha parliamentarian Mahua Moitra.
The TMC MPs sought the removal on the ground of "conflict of interest" as Mehta is advising the investigating agencies in two scams where Adhikari is an accused.
Adhikari, a TMC-turned BJP leader, is accused in Saradha chit fund and Narada cases.
The letter reads, "The Solicitor General of India is the second-highest law officer of the country after the Attorney General of India and advises the Government of India and its various organs in crucial legal matters such as Narada and Sarada cases.
"Such meeting between an accused in grave offences, with the Learned Solicitor General who is advising such investigating agencies by whom the said accused is being investigated, is in direct conflict of interest with the statutory duties of the Learned Solicitor General of India."
However, Adhikari stated he held no meeting with Mehta.
The BJP leader said Mehta had refused to meet him.